Posted on December 17, 2016

Real Ale Releases Award-Winning Benedictum in Bottles

[Looking for information about our MV beers? Check out our beer pages.]

Next up in bottle releases for our barrel-aged and sour beer Mysterium Verum series is the award-winning Benedictum, our sour brown ale barrel-aged with wild yeast, bacteria and an addition of tart cherries. In Latin, Benedictum means “blessed”, which we all are when this beer is in our lives.

Benedictum was awarded the gold medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category and is the first beer of the MV program to win a GABF medal.


Photo by Kevin Hobbins

Approximately 2,500 bottles of Benedictum were released throughout Texas the week of December the 12th, and over 200 of those were made available in Blanco in conjunction with a brewery release event on Saturday, December 17th.

Fans interested in finding a bottle near them can reference the list below for stores that received cases. However, because of the limited amount, we can’t guarantee that they’re still there! We highly recommend calling in advance and shopping now.



Keep an eye out for our next bottle releases in January: the highly anticipated Scots Gone Wild and the dark and delicious Coffissar!

Benedictum was inspired by the brown ales of Flanders. Primary fermentation takes place in stainless with our house ale yeast before the beer is racked to barrels that have been inoculated with a mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria. Once this secondary fermentation is complete, tart cherries are added to the barrels and allowed to referment, adding a further layer of complexity to this very drinkable sour ale. You like metal, how about Gold? Benedictum was the Gold medal winner at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the Belgian Style Lambic or Sour Ale category.

Looking for more MV history? Here’s a timeline about the evolution of the program and a video documenting our bottling process at the brewery:


Benedictum Bottle Release from Real Ale Brewing Co. on Vimeo.